A world without plants would be a world without oxygen, uninhabitable for us and for many creatures. We know plants release oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide and breaking down water using sunlight through the process of photosynthesis. However, we know little about the mechanics of how plants create oxygen during photosynthesis. A breakthrough that will help advance our understanding of this critical ecological process was made recently by scientists at LSU.
“Without photosynthesis or oxygen, basically all recognizable life that we see in our landscape would be gone: no animals, no plants,” said Terry Bricker, Moreland Family Professor in LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences.
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